Monty Leavell

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I grew up in Texico, NM and was very active in 4-H and FFA.  After graduating from NMSU with a degree in Animal Science, I was pursuing my dream of ranching.  However, God had other plans.  While workng on a ranch and serving in a small Methodist Church, I felt the call into ministry.  I attended Asbury Theological Seminary and received my Master of Divinity degree in 1993.  I've served three churches in the New Mexico and Northwest Texas Annual Conferences.  Philippians 3:7-12 is my favorite Scripture because "I want to know Christ more."

Student Pastor

Richard Slaughter

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I spent most of my childhood in the great state of Texas! I began following Jesus after a young man invited me to his student ministry at a local church. That is where the Gospel came alive for me. It was during my time in the U.S. Army I felt God really calling me to ministry. After my time in the military we returned to Dallas and I attended Dallas Christian College where I earned a degree in Practical Ministry. I am currently working on a Masters in Apologetics. I have served in student and children’s ministry for over 10 years.

Administrative Assistant

Teri Silva

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Finance Secretary

Angela Lynch

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Revelation Ringers Director/Organist

Camille George - Florez


Juan Muniz

It is an honor to keep all of the church facilities vacuumed and clean, particularly the recently renovated (late 2008) main Sanctuary. Everyone from the church I meet are kind and wonderful individuals!

Contact Us

First United Methodist Church

  • 500 W. Grand Ave.
    Artesia, New Mexico 88210
    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 1492
    Artesia, New Mexico 88211-1492
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Regular Schedule

Office Hours

  • 8:00-12:00/1:00-5:00 (Mon-Thurs)

    8:00-12:00 (Fri)


  • Prayer Meeting - Sanctuary
    – 8:00 AM
  • Sunday School
    – 9:00 AM
  • Morning Worship
    – 10:15 AM
  • Children's Choir Practice
    – 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Jr. High Student Ministry
    – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Sr. High Student Ministry
    – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


  • Adult Bible Study
    – 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


  • Women's Small Group Study
    – 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Confirmation Class
    – 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
  • Praise Band Practice
    – 5:15 PM
  • Student Ministry Small Group Study
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Prayer Meeting -Meeting Room
    – 6:00 PM
  • Bell's Rehearsal
    – 6:00 PM
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